"I cannot begin to describe the feeling of triumph and elation when I crested that pass. I stood on a saddle between two peaks marveling at the beauty before me, knowing that I could do whatever I put my mind to from that moment on. And even though I still struggled at times on the rest of the trip, I knew in my mind that it was nothing compared to what I had triumphed over on that pass. A piece of inhibition had broken free inside me, and I was faced with the revelation that I could do absolutely anything I put my mind to." - Elias Hudson, Outward Bound alumni
The Continental Divide marks the decision point for water as it either flows down to the east toward the Gulf of Mexico, or it flows down to the west to the Pacific. On this course you will travel along this “backbone of America.” Unlike mountain runoff (which only flows down), you’ll be working your way higher using mountaineering techniques such as fixed lines, climbing and scrambling, and utilizing ice axes or crampons. Far away from civilization, you’ll actually find how close you can get to others as you work as a team on this expedition.
|CCTM-051||6.18.20 - 7.9.20||22||16 - 18||$4,895||APPLY NOW|
|CCTM-042||7.24.20 - 8.7.20||15||16 - 18||$4,195||APPLY NOW|
This course starts within the next week. Please call us at 866-467-7651 to assess the possibility of applying for this course!
No two Outward Bound expeditions are ever quite the same. Every crew is unique; every route is distinct; and every adventure is dynamic. But one thing remains the same. On each course, students rise to meet exhilarating natural challenges in some of the country’s wildest places – and find strength and determination along the way.
Our Mountaineering courses focus on teaching students the skills to climb technical peaks that require harnesses, ropes, and ice axes to successfully summit. Instructors train students to use all equipment necessary for technical mountaineering. During this course, students can expect to travel on and off trail over wooded and alpine terrain that can be rough, demanding, steep and exposed and may at times require the use of ropes and ice axes to traverse a slope or ascend a pass.
Peak Attempt: The expedition includes at least one peak ascent attempt. Peak attempts, with or without the use of ropes and technical gear, are major enterprises and typically require early morning starts and take all day to complete. Weather or other factors including group dynamics and physical ability may preclude an attempt to ascend a peak.
Rock climbing is the ultimate opportunity to challenge oneself physically, mentally and emotionally. Contrary to common belief, upper body strength is not the determining factor in being able to climb well. Learning new body mechanics, balance and energy maintenance techniques will help students climb efficiently and unlock the incredible feeling of flowing up a route. There are many ways to climb the same rock, allowing each climber to solve the puzzle in their own individual way. Students will learn basic climbing techniques, helmet and harness use, climbing commands and belaying.
Service to others and the environment is a core value of Outward Bound and is integrated into each course. Participants follow Leave No Trace ethics as service to the environment and do acts of service while leading and supporting fellow participants. Designated service projects are coordinated with land managers like the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service to collaborate on land restoration projects. Some projects are more community based, and students may help out at a horse rescue or renovating historic structures. As they see the impact of their actions firsthand, students develop a value of service and transfer this desire to serve their communities back home.
In order for profound learning to take place, there must be time to reflect on the experience. Solo is that opportunity, and that time can range anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours or more, depending on the length of the course. Weather and time permitting, the Solo experience provides an important break from the rigors of the expedition and gives students the opportunity to reflect on their Outward Bound experience. Many students use this reflection time to make decisions about their future, journal and enjoy the beauty of their surroundings unencumbered by the constant external stimulation of modern life. The duration of Solo depends on the course length and type, as well as the competency and preparedness of the student group. With all the food, skills and supplies they need, participants are given a secluded spot to reflect alone and are monitored by staff throughout the experience to maintain safety. Students find that Solo provokes profound and powerful learning in a short period of time and often becomes one of the most memorable parts of their Outward Bound experience.
The course ends with the Final Expedition, during which the crew heads back into the field to put all of their newly acquired skills into practice. Depending on the team’s ability levels, Instructors step back during this section and allow the crew to take over decision-making responsibilities for navigation, time schedules, communication and general leadership.
Outward Bound courses vary in length from 4 to 85 days. On shorter courses, participants will receive an intro to leadership skills, strength of character and a desire to serve. With longer courses, the same outcomes and benefits are achieved with the ability to reach a more profound level of mastery as there are more opportunities develop technical skills, receive and implement feedback and further personal development.
The Continental Divide section of the Sawatch range contains eight of Colorado’s 20 highest peaks. These mountains are known for being high, massive, rocky and yet relatively gentle in contour. This range contains some of Colorado’s more well-known peaks, including the Mount of the Holy Cross, which is known for its distinctive snow formations. The famous 10th Mountain Division of the US Army used to make its home nearby at Camp Hale. Lucky students may encounter elk, mule deer or even moose. This mountain range lies within the ancestral lands of the Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) nation.
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